Making Meaning

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It can be challenging to help students see reading as an interactive process that involves thinking, questioning, discussing, rereading, and responding to texts. Making Meaning lessons are designed to deepen teacher understanding of effective instruction and illuminate student thinking about literature, supporting the development of critical thinking and a lifelong love of reading.

Part of the Collaborative Literacy suite of programs, Making Meaning provides a full year of research-based instruction for grades K–6* that helps teachers deepen their understanding of best practices for teaching comprehension and vocabulary. The curriculum intentionally combines academics with social and emotional learning to create an environment in which students learn to collaborate, agree and disagree respectfully, and take responsibility for their own learning. Carefully selected nonfiction and fiction read-aloud trade books provide a rich, rewarding experience as students encounter increasingly complex texts and build their vocabulary.

Learn More About Making Meaning

Download the brochure, view our informational webinar, or visit the Learning Hub to explore lessons, interactive whiteboard activities, assessment forms, vocabulary teaching resources, and professional development media. See what’s new in the Making Meaning third edition by grade level here.

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I love how authentic the lessons and focus strategies are. It’s what good readers, listeners, and community members do in real life.”

Monica McCurry, fourth-grade teacher

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Additional Libraries to Support Read-Alouds

The Comprehension Strategies Libraries provide grade-level books designed to support instruction of the specific strategies used in the lessons. These read-aloud texts can be used for teaching the comprehension focus of the week or as an option should a teacher choose to repeat a week of instruction.

Support for State Standards

The Making Meaning program’s blend of academic and social development coupled with quality trade books provides opportunities for rigorous instruction, close reading, discussions about texts, and student development that builds across units and grade levels. To correlate your instruction to the goals of the Common Core and other state standards, you can use our correlation tool.

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*Upgrades to the third edition of Making Meaning for grade 6 will be available in 2016. Shipping is 6% against prices at time of upgrade. Expires 7/31/19.

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